Rapid Arctic Warming Drives Shifts In Marine Mammals

2015-12-18T16:40:13+00:00 December 18, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Bowhead whales are second only in size to the blue whale, and may be the longest-lived mammal known. New hydrophone surveys of migration gateways to the Arctic show that recent extremes in sea ice loss has opened new waters to humpback and fin whales that once ranged through the far north [...]

Priorities In The Arctic

2015-12-18T14:37:33+00:00 December 18, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Iceberg located in Ross Sea, Antarctica. (Credit: NOAA) The Arctic is warming twice as fast the rest of the world and investment in infrastructure and research is needed if the U.S. intends to be a leader in the region.The Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI) with the Senate Arctic Caucus held a [...]

Success For Geosciences In The FY 2016 Funding Omnibus

2015-12-18T14:30:32+00:00 December 18, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) U.S. Capitol (Credit: Architect of the Capitol) The FY2016 omnibus bill released this week. The best news of the bill is that the House language deprioritizing geoscience funding at NSF is gone.  This allows for the $100 million increase in R&RA line to also increase the Geosciences (GEO) Directorate.  Unfortunately, the SBE [...]

Paris Climate Talks Outcomes

2015-12-18T14:28:26+00:00 December 18, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Eiffel Tower (Credit: Kimberly Vardeman) Over 13 days in December, representatives from 196 countries gathered in Paris to negotiate a universal agreement on climate, commonly referred to as COP21.The resulting Paris climate pact forms a first ever commitment by 195 nations to take concrete actions to reduce carbon emissions in order [...]

Sea Turtles Get the Spotlight in U.S.-Cuba Thaw

2015-12-18T10:52:11+00:00 December 18, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. (Credit: Matt Kieffer) Dip­lo­mats are learn­ing, as magazine ed­it­ors dis­covered years ago, that post­ing cute an­im­al pho­tos on the in­ter­net is a great way to pro­mote a con­tro­ver­sial for­eign policy de­cision.(From the National Journal [...]

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Operation, Maintenance, and Repair of the Northeast Gateway Liquefied Natural Gas Port and the Algonquin Pipeline Lateral Facilities in Massachusetts Bay

2015-12-17T20:00:36+00:00 December 17, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). (Credit: Allison Henry/NEFSC,NOAA) NMFS has received a request from Excelerate Energy, L.P. (Excelerate) and Tetra Tech, Inc. (Tetra Tech), on behalf of the Northeast Gateway® Energy Bridge TM, L.P. (Northeast Gateway or NEG) and Algonquin Gas Transmission, L.L.C. (Algonquin) for an authorization to take small numbers of 14 [...]

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Multi-Year Specifications for Monitored and Prohibited Harvest Species Stock Categories

2015-12-17T19:30:24+00:00 December 17, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) A school of Jack Mackerel, Trachurus declivis. (Credit: Richard Ling / Flickr) NMFS proposes to implement annual catch limits (ACL) and, where necessary, other annual reference points (overfishing limits (OFL) and acceptable biological catches (ABC)) for certain stocks in the monitored and prohibited harvest species categories under the Coastal Pelagic Species [...]

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Test Pile Program

2015-12-17T19:00:18+00:00 December 17, 2015|

(Click to enlarge) Steller sea lions range along the North Pacific Rim from northern Japan to California. (Credit: NOAA) NMFS has received a request from the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), through its Port of Anchorage (POA) department, for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to implementation of a Test Pile Program, including geotechnical characterization [...]

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